Homemade Energy Bars

Homemade Energy Bars

Energy bars are one of those quick, go-to snacks that you can grab at any grocery store or vending machine, but a lot of them aren’t as healthy as their fancy packaging might lead you to believe. They can contain a lot of processed sugars, salt, and artificial ingredients and have as much fat as a candy bar!

Want to try your hand at making your own, super healthy energy bars? In just a few minutes, you can create a healthy, customizable snack to help you eat right when you’re on the go. All you need are a few ingredients and a food processor.

These homemade energy bars are made with your choice of nuts and dried fruits, plus they have two scoops of Shakeology for a boost of nutrition and filling protein. They come in at under 150 calories a piece, and they can really fill you up! It’s a perfect snack to refuel after a workout, knock out a sugar craving, or to hold you over until dinner. For dessert, I like to nibble on energy bars made with Chocolate Shakeology and dried cherries.

Dates (or prunes) bring natural sweetness to our Homemade Shakeology Energy Bars, and they act as the binder. Look for whole, large Medjool dates in the produce section of your grocery store. These usually contain pits, so make sure to remove them before adding them to your food processor. Some homemade energy bar recipes suggest soaking the dates to soften before adding them to the food processor, but we found that step unnecessary and it made the bars too sticky.

A full cup of nuts gives these energy bars a little crunch, and boosts the fiber, protein, and healthy fats. I’ve tried different variations of this recipe using almonds, walnuts, and cashews and all of them tasted delicious! If you avoid nuts, you can substitute them with sunflower or hemp seeds.

This recipe is a template you can use to create countless flavors of energy bars. Try different flavors of Shakeology paired with any combination of fruits and nuts. Take the flavor to another level by adding natural extracts like vanilla, coconut, or caramel, or add ½ teaspoon of spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. I like to add a tablespoon of orange or lemon zest or freshly grated ginger. You can even add one or two ounces of dark chocolate morsels or a ¼ cup of coconut flakes. Keep in mind that adding any of these additional items may change the nutritional information.

Tip: For additional flavor add one or more of the following: ½ tsp. rum extract, ½ tsp. cinnamon, 1 Tbsp. raw honey, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, 1 to 2 oz. dark chocolate chips, or 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger. Adding any of these items may change the nutritional information.

Watch the video below to see how they’re made, and tell us your favorite flavor combinations in the comments!

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Homemade Energy Bars

Want to try your hand at making your own fruit and nut-based snack bar? In just a few minutes, you can create a healthy, customizable snack to help you eat right when you're on the go.
Course Shakeology, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings, 1 bar each
Calories 149 kcal
Author Beachbody

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole pitted dates (or prunes)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (like apricots, prunes, figs, raisins, cranberries, blueberries, or cherries)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (or seeds) (like almonds, walnuts, cashews, sesame seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, or sunflower seeds)
  • 2 scoops Shakeology any flavor

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with plastic wrap. Set aside.

  2. Place dates, fruit, and nuts in a food processor. Pulse for 1 to 2 minutes; scrape sides of bowl. 
  3. Add Shakeology; process for 2 to 3 minutes, or until mixture becomes tiny crumbs that can come together to form a loose ball.
  4. Press mixture into prepared pan until flat. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 1 hour.  
  5. Cut into twelve bars. Store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Energy Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 15g
Protein 6g 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Try your hand at making your own, super healthy energy bars in minutes pitted prunes, dried fruit, savory nuts, and creamy Shakeology.

P90X/P90X2 Portions
½ Fat
1 Single Serving Snack

P90X3 Portions
1 Carb
1½ Fat

Body Beast Portions
1 Fruit
½ Protein
1½ Fat

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1 Purple
1 Blue

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Photo by Kirsten Morningstar